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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002

Hours

  • Tuesday- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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Making Art Together

At Home Art Studio

As an Education team at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, we are all about bringing people together around picture books to create shared experiences. Art Studio is a hands-on, material-focused, all-ages space, where we have lots of materials within easy reach, and we can share artmaking techniques with family groups and individuals. With our staff currently working from home, we want to figure out how we can create an Art Studio space within our homes and maintain the creative community that we experience every day at The Carle. READ MORE

Words and Images in the Art Studio

Our current exhibition Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age features the work of 10 artists telling stories through graphic novels. I recently presented a workshop related to Out of the Box, and I had the opportunity to look back and reflect on past art studio projects. I realized that there are many ways that we have encouraged storytelling through bringing together text and image, techniques I would like to share in this blog post. READ MORE

Monotype Prints in a Drop-in Setting

A question we keep returning to in the Art Studio is how to introduce the widest possible range of art-making materials, techniques and tools to our drop-in program while maintaining a safe and open-ended environment for exploration. This means designing a project that can be sustained in the space for about a month, for all ages, and with up to 50 guests participating at once. We learned a lot from our summertime experiments in mixing tempera paints, so we challenged ourselves to design another paint project, this time exploring monotype prints. READ MORE

Paper Trails of Paper Tales

Ever wonder how we have a wide variety of collage papers for guests to use in the Art Studio? Curious about how the Art Studio stays sustainable with all our paper projects? Then this blog post is for you! In preparation for the most recent Every Day Art Project (EAP) Paper Tales, we pulled out our collage paper bins in the office and were struck by how each piece in the bin had a story. One piece was from a previous display, another from a recycling bin, another from packing material. READ MORE

Setting a Space for Inspiration: Materials Play

In planning for the Materials Play Program, we specifically design art experiences with our toddler guests, and their caregivers, in mind. In the past two quarterly sessions, I have been really interested in continuing our thoughts about setting a space for inspiration by re-imagining the back part of our Art Studio for whole body exploration. In other words, I wanted each art experience to be immersive, focusing on limited materials, and tailored to toddler interests. Below is a round-up of the past sessions, I hope it inspires you to re-imagine your spaces based upon your art-maker’s interests! READ MORE

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